Subscriber Carolyn Waterson wrote recently to ask about using Office 2003 with a new computer:
My husband got an external hard drive for Christmas to back up all his research onto. However … it managed to strip everything off his internal hard disk and corrupt it – resulting in a brand new computer!! (I guess the other one was just too old to handle it!!)
We got it all set up again, but of course the new one came with Windows 7 and MS Office 2010 starter …. Two new programs are just too much new “stuff” for him to figure out all at once and the 2010 starter does not have all the facilities in Word and Excel that the full version has.
My question is, can I put the Office 2003 cd that I have onto his computer .. or do I need to uninstall the 2010 first, which I think is probably the case. If I do that am I going to lose anything?
I wrote back to Carolyn to tell her that the MS Office 2010 starter edition should uninstall like any other program, via the Add/Remove Programs function in Control Panel.
I’m not aware of any problems installing Office 2003 on Windows 7 computers, in general, but I haven’t done it. My family is running Office 2007 on our computers.
However, I agree with her that I think she should uninstall Office 2010 (in whatever edition) before installing Office 2003.
Office 2003 won’t know anything about Office 2010 and might overwrite some Office 2010 files — or worse, not install some of its 2003 files because the Office 2010 files are there, or not set Windows Registry settings because they’ve already been set by Office 2010.
I do know when I installed Office 2007 on my notebook that had Office 2003, I had the option to install Office 2007 in addition to the existing Office 2003 installation. However, I had to choose which version of Outlook would beinstalled — there could only be one version of Outlook.
I did that – and uninstalled both Office 2003 and Office 2007 within a week in order to install a "clean" Office 2007 because of problems. Word didn’t play nicely with its other version. I don’t recall whether Excel had issues or not.
Would she lose anything?
I don’t think she’d lose anything other than the pre-installed starter. Microsoft has multiple versions available for download for trials, so I doubt that would cause you any problem.
Carolyn wrote back to say:
Thanks Terry. I uninstalled 2010 and installed 2003 … And he is now a happy man!!! Two new programs at once was just too much for him — he can master Windows 7 for a bit, then I will buy the 2010 … through your website, of course.